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Foundation Update Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation

Volume. #2 2 December 2015

Perth Families Dance for A Cure

Funding for Infants with High Risk Leukaemia Confirmed

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The Silent Barista

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Abraham’s Culinary Delights Page 8

FROM THE CHAIRMAN The Foundation is deeply thankful to the wonderful people and organisations that have chosen to support vital research into childhood cancers.

As Christmas and the New Year quickly approach, I would like to wish you ALL a very Merry Christmas and a safe and peaceful 2016.

We have been funding research into these devastating diseases since 1984 and we could not have done it without you. Your generosity has enabled our researchers to contribute to the breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of children with cancer around the world.

Geoff Cattach Chairman

MAKE A DIFFERENCE THROUGH WORKPLACE GIVING Workplace Giving is a simple and effective way for employees to regularly donate to a charity that has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Employees make small, regular donations to the charity through their pre-tax pay. Alternatively, they can donate after tax and receive the appropriate tax benefits at the end of the financial year. Many businesses enhance the collective impact of their Workplace Giving program through donation matching, workplace fundraising, volunteering, and in-kind support. If any company, or individual, would like to find out more about how you can help make a difference through Workplace Giving please don’t hesitate to contact us.

POPSICLE & CO Fay Valli of Popsicle & Co has been selling their BRAVE t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts – with part proceeds benefiting CLCRF. To date, over $2,388 has been received. Thank you to Fay and her clientele. If you’d like to purchase one of these great shirts, head to:


On Friday 6 June, three Christ Church boys embarked on a challenging fundraising effort for Romsey House. Their aim was to swim for 24 hours, raising money and awareness for Romsey’s house charity, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation. Jeremy Hopkins (Year 12), Byron Hall (Year 12), and Nick Throssell (Year 11) each swam for eight hours with a combined total of 1742 laps or nearly 90km. In the final hours of their swim, the students and staff of Romsey joined the boys at the swimming pool to support them though the last stretch. “The boys were magnificent, it was a huge effort for a great cause,” said Mr Alec Barbour, Romsey Head of House.

“The support team, including the House Prefects were equally as impressive with round the clock supervision and support. They should all feel very proud of their achievement”.

without a large amount of work behind the scenes. Thank you to the people who put their time and effort into organising the event to ensure it ran smoothly,” said Henry Louden, Captain of Romsey House.

There were swimming relays, heads shaved, a sausage sizzle and a biathlon relay, all organised to raise money for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

“I would like to acknowledge Mr Alec Barbour, Mr Rob Vickery, Dalton Whittle, Luke Foley and Hunter Jackson who stayed overnight to support the swimmers and ensure they stayed safe.

The Romsey House Sundowner was held at the culmination of the event, with almost 300 staff, parents and boys in attendance. All in all, it was a very successful fundraising effort, with the total funds estimated to eclipse the $5000 target.

A huge thanks must also go to the members of the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, who volunteered their time to ensure the safety requirements of the event were met and to Mr and Mrs Throssell for suppling and cooking breakfast in the early hours of Saturday morning”.

“None of this would have been possible

FUNDING FOR INFANTS WITH HIGH RISK LEUKAEMIA CONFIRMED The Foundation is delighted to announce that funding for Professor Ursula Kees’ block grant project titled “Testing New Drugs for Infants with High-Risk Leukaemia” was confirmed at their June meeting. This project will be funded for a three year period to the total of $1,396.313.

LORD MAYOR DOES HER RESEARCH The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor, Lisa M. Scaffidi in her role as the Ambassador for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. recently attended the Telethon Kids Institute laboratory to meet with Professor Ursula Kees and other research personnel to get a feel for the studies being carried out. It is this vital research that has helped many. The Lord Mayor enjoyed meeting Chairman Geoff Cattach and Treasurer Kim Williamson on Wednesday 24 June to discuss her role with CLCRF.

“We are very excited to have the Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi on board as one of our cherished ambassadors.” - Geoff Cattach Listening to Professor Kees explain cultivated cancer cells and their role in the ongoing research, the Lord Mayor stated: “I find it absolutely amazing what Professor Kees is doing here with this type of research. We need to find more funding so that this can continue and we can help find a cure.”

THE SILENT BARISTA Andrea, Wendy and Katelyn recently popped into Mini Espresso in London Court to personally thank barista Peter Mule for his ‘Silent for Charity’ event, which raised $2,600 for the Foundation. Peter gaffer taped his mouth shut for two morning’s trading in his coffee shop. The Foundation really appreciates innovative ways in which people raise funds for supporting its lifesaving childhood cancer research. This one was a very creative idea! You can visit Peter at Mini Espresso in London Court and enjoy his banter now that the tape is off. Fantastic effort Peter.

VALE PROFESSOR GEOFFREY SHELLAM The Board of Management and Staff of the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation were saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Geoffrey Shellam. Professor Shellam was well respected internationally in the fields of science and medicine and he passed away in July. We wish to express our sincere condolences to Professor Fiona Stanley and Family on their loss.


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“I’m pleased to say we raised $2065.22 for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation and I’m looking forward to making the Glass Slipper Teens Ball bigger and better next year.” I was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing’s Sarcoma in January 2013. Whilst enduring 18 months of intensive chemotherapy and radiation. I thought “ If I survived this, I was going to make a difference.” I wanted to help stop childhood cancer. I didn’t want anymore children going through what I was going through. I also wanted to give teens suffering from cancer an opportunity to dress up and feel beautiful, special and normal for at least one night. On the 5th of September 2015, at the beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we held the second Glass Slipper Teens Ball at the Mecure Hotel in the city. It was a wonderful fun night filled with lots of dancing, singing and fun games for 100 teenagers. We had 9 “Cancer Kids” attending with some of their friends this year. Which was so good to see.

My good friend Kasey Carr who organised the inaugural Glass Slipper Teen Ball moved to Brisbane, however still helped me make this years ball successful. So many people helped make this years ball a success. We once again had Will and Woody from HIT 92.9’s breakfast show hosting the event. They were the perfect hosts and I can’t thank them enough for their time and effort. DJ Drew Green also came back this year to provide some awesome music. Prints Charming Photo Booths came on board this year. The photo booth was extremely popular with everyone. We also had the wonderful Ashe Denton and Allyn Cooper as our photographers on the night volunteering their time and expertise capturing the good times. I would also like to thank Carol Brack for all her help before and during the night and for donating the lolly bar. Something else that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Also big thanks to Jamie-Lee Wilson and Cassandra Stone for helping out on the night. Many thanks to The Little Print Shop for printing posters to help advertise the ball. Without the generosity of all these people and their services, the night would not have been as successful. I’m pleased to say we raised $2065.22 for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation and I’m looking forward to making the Glass Slipper Teens Ball bigger and better next year.


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PERTH FAMILIES COME TOGETHER TO DANCE FOR A CURE Photographs thanks to: Daren Kelly, Corey James, Jason Matz, John Marshall and Tamlee Troy-Pryde

Well what a fantastic day was had by all on November 8, 2015. Once again hundreds of families from across Western Australia united in a show of dance and pure joy to bring that elusive awareness to Childhood Cancer. Some even came from as far as Karratha to participate! We were so lucky this year to have support from the likes of the City of Perth, Channel 9 Perth, Southern Cross Austereo, Seashells Hospitality Group and Perth Demons not to mention all of the fantastic smaller businesses that all jumped on board to help with their donations. We couldn’t have done this event without you - I really mean that. Please keep

coming back each year, to help us grow and help make a difference in the lives of those with childhood cancer. Registrations for Dance for A Cure opened in early August, with people logging onto the newly designed and built Dance for A Cure website ( au). They then shared this website out to their friends and family to encourage them to dance alongside and raise money for a good cause. There was a cost to register and in doing so, you were able to select your t-shirt size to collect on one of the two dress rehearsal days held at Lathlain Oval, ready for the big dance event on 8 November.


It was great to have City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa M. Scaffidi as Ambassador for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF), on location to open the event for us. Andrea Alexander from the Foundation also shared with everyone why Dance for A Cure is so important to CLCRF’s event program. Dance for a Cure supports not only the CLCRF but also encourages fitness, with all ages and experience levels getting outdoors and having fun, whilst being active.

This year the general public danced to Geronimo by Australian band, Sheppard, who are very supportive of this event and licenced the song to CLCRF especially for this special occasion. The true heroes of the day were, of course, all of the kids, parents, dance schools and volunteers that showed up to dance and participate in creating what was a fantastic event. Without you there is no heart to Dance for A Cure. Thank you to this community, who have continued to provide massive support, along with our wonderful team of volunteers and staff.

We can’t wait to begin working on 2016 and with your support we know it can only get better from here. If you would like to be involved next year, feel free to contact me at

ABRAHAM’S CULINARY DELIGHTS BY SELVI (ABRAHAM’S MUM) During Winter School Break, I was teaching Abraham (Abby) about kindness and love towards others as part of his Sunday School topics and his school project about helping hands. We talked about how blessed we are as God is taking care of our needs and gave us good health but some kids are not so lucky, some kids have no parents, some are sick or do not have any food. Usually we go back to Malaysia to celebrate Abby’s birthday with orphanage homes but this year we wanted to do something different and we talked about cancer children and Abby told me to forgo his Birthday Gift instead and give that money to sick children. So we thought of doing some fundraising for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation and our aim was to collect around $200. We planned to sell cupcakes, curry puff, mineral waters and

breakfast cereals to friends and family. But we were very surprised as we got lots of support from our friends. Thanks to everyone for your generous support – we raised $812.70 yahoo - hooray!!

The Foundation would like to congratulate Abraham on this wonderful achievement – well done ABBY!

We manage to sell 50 puffs, 50 mineral waters and 80 cup cakes and a few breakfast cereals and thank you so much for the all donations as well. Indeed it was a great holiday and quality time spent with Abby. Abby turned 6 on August 27 and is currently in Preprimary at Carey Baptist College. Besides his passion towards helping people, he loves swimming, playing the piano and has done a few performances on stage. He is loved by everyone who knows him as he is very caring, loving humorous and active.

TODDLER WADDLE - PHOENIX SHOPPING CENTRE What a fun day was had by all who participated in the Phoenix Shopping Centre Toddler Waddle on Wednesday, June 17. To support The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation, for a gold coin donation, all toddlers were invited to participate in Toddler Waddle throughout the centre. There were goodies and giveaways throughout the event along with free face painting. Plus every little entrant received a certificate to take home. Thank you to Phoenix Shopping Centre for organising this event with proceeds to the Foundation. With the generous support of the community a fabulous $886.25 was raised for vital childhood cancer research.

CHANGE OF ABN Please note that as of 1 July 2015, the Foundation has a new ABN. Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc) as Trustee for Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Fund ABN 85 900 470 711


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On Sunday 14th June our friend Vanessa hosted a “High Tea for T”. Teneal was unfortunately diagnosed with liver and bowel cancer back in April.

Teneal is a mother of 3 beautiful children and this is the reason she decided on CLCRF to donate the money we raised.

Vanessa organised a high tea to raise some money for Teneal’s chosen charity and for all us girls to get together to show our support for Teneal whilst she goes through her treatment.

We are all so proud if this amount. The main thing is we all hope that one day a cure is found for leukaemia and all the cancers and that no one has to go through this and their families. Teneal is an amazing woman and you can see how much she is loved and cherished by so many.

We had a great afternoon. Amazing food was brought by all the girls. We had a silent auction with some fantastic donations made by various businesses. We also had a raffle again with awesome prizes. We played musical chairs which brought out the competitiveness in some of our friends. It was hilarious to watch.

The money we raised exceeded our expectations completely. The final money we raised was $1,533.

The Foundation is most grateful for this wonderful support. We thank all that took part and most of all Teneal for her generosity to our cause. We wish Teneal all the best with her future treatment and recovery xxx

2015 ANZCHOGASM A very high calibre of doctors and scientists attended the 2015 ANZCHOGASM (Australia & NZ Childrens Haematology/Oncology Group Annual Scientific Meeting) conference at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges. The Foundation sponsored national speaker, Professor Richard Lock from the Children’s Cancer Institute, University of New South Wales Centre for Childhood Cancer Research, Sydney, NSW. Professor Lock collaborates with Professor Ursula Kees - who heads up the Foundation’s research laboratory. Professor Lock presented on ‘Preclinical Drug Testing in Paediatric ALL through the Paediatric Preclinical Testing Program’.

WORK ANNIVERSARY Congratulations to our Executive Officer - Andrea who celebrated a work anniversary with The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation on 1 July 2015. Andrea has been with the Foundation since 1996, so that is 19 years! Thanks for all of your efforts and continued hard work Andrea! Here’s to next year’s 20th!


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GENEROSITY IN THE FACE OF THE GLOBE Congratulations to Zoe Manuel, of Kalgoorlie, for being a finalist in the Face of the Globe Australia competition. Face Of The Globe Australia is open to girls aged 14 upwards, and the Finalists have spent many months organising events and fundraisers all over Australia, to raise much needed funds for the Rainbow Child Foundation and other charities that are close to their hearts, which include the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation. Zoe, along with her Mum Sam and her brother, dropped by the CLCRF office recently to hand over $1,000 she raised via a disco, Bogan dress up event, roller skating party and raffles for the Foundation. Zoe, a cancer survivor herself, wanted to give back and we are delighted that she chose CLCRF. For more information on Face of the Globe you can head to:

2015 PERTH TRADIES EXPO In 2015, the Perth Tradie Expo had another outstanding show at Ascot Racecourse following the terrific 2014 event at the venue. Covering everything from tools on sale, to machinery on show, from expert advice to ‘big boys toys’ – for experienced Tradies or DIY pro, this is the Expo for you! We are delighted to announce that $5,880.30 was donated to CLCRF by the patrons of the Perth Tradie Expo! Along with the generous donation of $2,500 from Toolmart and Perth Racing, this brings the total raised over the weekend to $8,380.30. Thank you to all that came along to the expo - your support was greatly appreciated

Sisters Creative Giving We had a lovely visit from Ennika and DeriAnne Mak and their Mum Ellis recently. The girls were handing over their donation from making ‘crafty magnets’ and selling them to all their friends and family. $1,460 was raised by these creative and caring young ladies. Thank you to all that supported them in their venture.


Balga Community Association Donation A BIG thank you to the Balga Community Association for their generous donation of $600 raised via the Balga Friday Market. The Balga Friday Markets have been operating for over 30 years, run by volunteers with money raised going back into the local community.

Follow Us on Facebook One of our lucky Facebook winners of the West Coast Eagles vs Adelaide Crows football tickets (the Franco Family) enjoying the game at Domain Stadium. Thanks for the photos and glad you all had a great time. Follow us on Facebook and you could be one of our lucky winners!

SWAN RIVER RUN 2015 It’s not an easy task getting up at the crack of dawn to run/walk 5km for the Swan River Fun Run in the middle of winter.

This year we were also excited to have our numbers increase for the 2015 event in the 5km course.

When we are lucky to have a fantastic #OurMotivetoMove team that is willing to not only do that once but also come back again each year all in the name of the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation, we find it just that little bit easier.

With a dedicated Everyday Hero campaign we found it easier to raise those funds. Big thanks go out to those who participated and who donated in support of their friends. A total of $3,057.50 was raised for the Foundation.

LADY BUGS COSTUMES FOR SALE The Foundation has 75 x size 6 and 2 x size 8 beautiful Ladybug Costumes for sale at $35 each or, if you take the lot, $30 each. These costumes are all brand new and handmade and were left over from the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation - 2014 Keep the Flame Alive Dance for A Cure event. If you are interested, please ring Katie in our office on 9363 7400. If you take the lot - we will even deliver them to you!

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